Susan M. Warren Johnston, 90, retired from City Manager’s Office

Susan M. Warren Johnston
Susan M. Warren Johnston

Susan M. Johnston (nee Warren), 90, was reunited in heaven with her husband of 67 years on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.

Sue was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Sargent, Ga., to Emmye Witcher and E. Paul Warren Sr. She was raised in rural Coweta County, Ga., and graduated from Newnan High School, Newnan, Ga.

Sue met the love of her life on a blind date and married George D. Johnston Jr., in 1947 in Providence, R.I. Soon after, the Navy transferred them to San Diego. Eight years later, and with two sons, they transferred to Tidewater and made Virginia Beach their new home.

She drew upon her strong Christian faith and dedication during George’s sea duty and was the heart and soul of the family. Sue retired as an administrative assistant from the City Manager’s Office in Virginia Beach.

Sue and George became Sarasota snowbirds, but only after the Christmas holidays. The family always came first. Sue loved singing in the choir at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, and maintained membership for 60-plus years. She also enjoyed painting, was a great southern cook, and a world-class shopper.

In addition to her parents, Sue was predeceased by her husband, retired U.S. Navy Lt. George D. Johnston Jr.; brothers, Claude, Hoyt, Paul and Wendell; and a sister, Martha Whitlock. Sue is survived by her brother, Sidney (Virginia); sons, Steven (Laura) and Ronald; grandsons, Ken and Neil (Dana); great-grandchildren, Camden, Payten, Ryan and Scarlett; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church. A funeral will immediately follow visitation at 1:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary by Dr. Prentis McGoldrick. A reception will follow the service in the church social hall. Interment will be held in Colonial Grove Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Thalia Lynn Baptist Church Sanctuary Renovation Fund. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Crossings at Independence for the loving care and compassion provided to Sue.

Rest easy our sweet, Georgia peach.

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